My wife and I moved to West Virginia shortly after she graduated from WVU. We started exploring the state and we came across Hundred it always stuck in our minds after that. So when I started my Photographing America project I wanted Hundred highlighted. Well low and behold I contacted Mayor Charles “Chip” Goff and wow!!! I have never met anyone who cared more about his town than Chip!

Mayor Goff reached out to me and said he would be my personal tour guide if I came to Hundred. on that note we set up a date and off I went to Hundred. The morning I arrived to meet the Mayor, I was greeted by his wife Becky informing me that Chip had fallen ill and Johannah Lemasters would be taking me around town in his absence. Johannah is a longtime member of the town council and President of the Hundred Volunteer Fire Department to name a few.

Johannah gave me a tour and a history lesson second to none. I made photos all around town and surrounding areas, at this point the police Chief Joshua Cecil stopped to meet me. He was another genuine person who’s town pride was busting out. I desperately want to treat Johannah to lunch at Cafe 250 and her answer was and I quote “you’re a guest in our town” so that discussion was over! We had lunch and discussed a second trip to Hundred to see even more of what hometown pride was all about. I departed Hundred with the intention of going back ASAP. A few weeks passed and my wife and I were on a little family adventure in Michigan on our way home we stopped in Hundred not on our way at all but my wife was all for it.

My intention was to give my wife a little tour of Hundred and have lunch at Cafe 250. After lunch we just happened to meet Mayor Goff and Johannah at the firehouse. Mayor Goff and Johannah gave my wife and I another warm small town welcome. Johannah gave my wife a complete tour of the firehouse “Johannah’s Baby”as she calls it! The Mayor filled me in on the plans he has for the town with genuine excitement in his voice.. He said you need to comeback for our Meet and Greet night on August 20, where all the parents and athletes get together for an event at the football field. So my 3rd trip to Hundred was planned. I returned, I was treated like a celebrity made many videos and photos of the night. Wow! This town of under 300 people really have pride!! Now I have to put it all together so it can be shared by everyone in Hundred and everyone I know as well. Stay tuned for that!! #photographingamerica🇺🇸

Meet and Greet bonfire
Reached 500,000 miles in Hundred!!
Mayor Charles Goff “ Chip”

Chief Joshua Cecil
Johannah Lemasters

I’ll be hitting the roads, streets and small towns to document Life as I See It with my new Fuji X100V! Stay tuned and see what I create with one camera and a 35 mm lens..

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Episode “4”

Life in Sanderson, Texas

via Panasonic Lumix 4/3rds and Full Frame

For the last 40+ years I’ve been a photographer using every format, 8×10 to 35mm both film and digital. The question now is will I switch from 4/3rds to full frame since Panasonic/Lumix just announced two FF Cameras. The answer is no! I used 8×10 when I needed higher resolution but for most of my work I used 4×5. Interesting it’s the same crop factor. So for all my documentary and people photography, I will continue to use the smaller and lighter 4/3rds gear. However, when I need the Full Frame resolution for commercial work I will use it. It’s the right tool for the task at hand. One 4/3rds bag with 11 lenses 2 bodies and all the accessories is perfect for my Photographing America Project. Another bag with Full Frame gear for when I need it. Most importantly I truly enjoy making photographs! That’s my game plan. Enjoy the Art of Photography and use the tools necessary to reach your goals.. Thank you for reading!! Best, Rick G..

Starting September 23rd, I’ll be traveling in my Xterra with 440,321 miles so far to approx 14 States! I have commercial assignments as well as presentations to Camera clubs and Panasonic/Lumix Dealers. Traveling on the road rather than by air gives me the opportunity to meet interesting people in out of the way places, make photos and hear their stories. Feel free to follow along on a virtual road trip..

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Bug out day! Getting the cars ready for race day..